As the last of the snow fades, I want to share with you an afternoon where the sun’s warmth first started to break through. It was an epic sort of day—my first time on snowshoes and my first time at Wind Horse Farms, both of which I hope to be my first of many.
For me, it started when Lindsay Duncan of Eldie Photography and Rebecca Taussig of The Strong House asked Krista and I to get involved in a styled shoot. Krista and I had been admiring Lindsay and Rebecca’s collaborations for some time, and had been hoping we would have an opportunity to work with them. We were not to be disappointed, as what followed was not just any styled shoot, but a magical, hobbit-like styled elopement that brought many wonderful, talented folks into the woods together, which is generally a recipe for a good time.
We set out the day after our last epic spring snowstorm. Krista had other commitments that day so I was Make Merry flying solo. Rebecca gave me a lift and we found we had so much to talk about we drove right past the farm. We arrived late afternoon to find Lindsay and her partner Brian relaxing in a miniature (hobbit’s) cabin. We toyed with a few different locations, but ultimately our site was determined by the lay of the light and shape of the trees, as we relied on their limbs to suspend the wooded candelier that was to light our alfresco winter dinner.
Fred Tandy from Ratinaud soon joined us and started filling the platters and trays I brought, and cutting boards made in the farm's woodshop with charcuterie and cheese. I soon learned that not only is Fred a culinary talent, he has an eye for design. Along with plating his own food he decorated the delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free cake provided by Conscious Catering, and helped us with dishware decisions too. Fred and Lindsay decided to construct a sideboard out of boards and logs (who’d a thought!) and I added greens (as I pretty much do to everything).
At this point, the sun was sinking low in the sky, so Brian, who was scheduled to relax in the cabin, was kind enough to help Rebecca string the candelier and build platforms so that the table and chairs wouldn’t sink into the waist-high snow, while I in my snowshoes strung clay ornaments provided by Harbourside Designs in the trees, and set the table with goods from Make Merry and a vibrant centerpiece provided by Charlotte from The Flower Shop.
The sun was fading fast, so everybody got to work. Lindsay, perched on a ladder, calmly ran the show, and just as importantly, made everyone laugh. The candles kept flickering, and it was still winter- Rebecca in her slip dress was a sport, but we persisted. The liqueurs provided by Ironworks Distillery may have played a role in keeping our insides warm;)
The day ended in Windhorse's beautiful Juniper Lodge where we ate the well deserved and delicious food left over from the shoot, and toasted to all of the local collaborators who made this shoot possible. It was a lovely day, and one that won’t soon be forgotten!